Black Butterflies - Ingrid Jonker (Paperback)

Selected Poems by Ingrid Jonker

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Black Butterflies is a new translation from Ingrid Jonker’s work by two of South Africa’s most illustrious authors, André Brink and Antjie Krog.

Product Details

Barcode
9780798148924
Department
Books
Released
25 Sep 2007
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Authors
Ingrid Jonker
Andre Brink (Translator)
Antjie Krog (Translator)
Subtitle
Selected Poems by Ingrid Jonker
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Human & Rousseau
Edition
1
Language
English
Number of Pages
128
Dimensions
213 x 137mm (180g)

Summary

When Nelson Mandela read Ingrid Jonker's poem "The child" during his first address in the new South African parliament on 24 May 1994, he called her: "...an Afrikaner woman who transcended a particular experience and became a South African, an African and a citizen of the world." And added: "She was both a poet and a South African. She was both an Afrikaner and an African. She was both an artist and a human being. In the midst of despair, she celebrated hope. Confronted by death, she asserted the beauty of life."The earlier edition of translations from Ingrid's work, "Selected Poems" by Jack Cope and William Plomer, is now out of print, so a new translation will be welcomed by readers. But that this new translation is by two of South Africa's most illustrious authors, Andre Brink and Antjie Krog, that is indeed a special event. What is more, they did the translations with the help of one of the finest English poets in South Africa, Ingrid de Kok.
Of their process, Andre writes the following in the Introduction: "In most cases, Antjie and I would each do our own translations of a poem, after which we would meet to discuss and hammer out a second draft; this would then be passed on to Ingrid de Kock for comment and recommendations, before all three of us would meet for prolonged sessions of mixing and matching, of trial and error, before arriving at something like consensus."

Fiction

General Subject
Poetry
BISAC Subject 1
Poetry / General
BIC Classification 1
Poetry by individual poets
Dewey Classification
839.3614

Author Bio

Ingrid Jonker was born in 1933. She was only 31 when she committed suicide in 1965. By that time she had published two volumes of poetry, Ontvlugting (1956) and Rook en oker (1963). More work was published posthumously, and in 1975 her Versamelde werke was published for the first time. Ingrid Jonker has reached almost iconic status in Afrikaans literature and by now her poems have been translated into many languages. Two films have been made about her life: first a Dutch documentary film and now a documentary film by Helena Noguiera, released earlier this year: Ingrid Jonker: her lives & time.